Anne Barrell is a ceramic artist who lives and works in Eastbourne, and uses her coastal surroundings as well as Britain’s rich maritime heritage as inspiration for her pieces. She began her studies in art in New York before returning to Britain to complete a degree at the Chelsea College of Art and Design. Anne now works in earthenware and is inspired by British ceramic and maritime heritage. She is passionate about the connection between the history of ceramics as a medium being linked to our industrial heritage and our domestic lives. Her stongest range heavily features these historical and maritime themes. Rum cups, pedestal bowls, and jugs are decorated with hand painted boats and ships traversing stormy seas or sheltering in tree lined harbours. The imagery of this range is hand drawn using the sgraffito technique.
Some of her more abstract pieces are informed by mid century art and design and the contemporary shell range features linocut decorated slab built forms, highlighted with gold and platinum lustres.
Her work has been featured in numerous high-end publications including Vogue, Elle Decoration and The Guardian Weekend.